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Guiding Light Cast Round Up 47

May 9, 2012

This is the forty-seventh in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:

Paula Garces (Pilar Santos, Danny Santos’ little sister) was featured in the April 22, 2002 issue of People. Garces was featured for playing characters younger than her age. In 2012 she has continued to appear regularly on primetime episodic television. Judging from the photo, she’s no longer playing teenagers.

Ryan Brown (Bill Lewis III #4, who played Little Billy during the Bilar romance which crossed heavily with Manny) is featured in the “Where Are They Now?” in the March 20, 2012 Soap Opera Digest. I thought I knew a lot about him, but in this piece I learned his mother is author Sandra Brown and he met his wife Victoria Arbiter, who’s the “royal contributor” for The Early Show on CBS, while on Guiding Light. Find the article in Soap Opera Digest and check out his author page.

In the February 3, 1997 issue of People Jerry ver Dorn (Ross Marler) was quoted as saying “I’m thoroughly convinced that we could go back to 1937 , do this in front of black drapes and if the story is good enough, they’d still watch. He didn’t know pretty much they’d be back to black drape without the good story to back them up all too soon.

Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) was the feature interview in the April 23, 2012 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Brian Gaskill (Dylan Lewis #2) was interviewed about his poetry album on Soap Central.

I found in the New York Times archive that Elizabeth (Betty) Rea died on December 23, 1999. She was the casting director of Guiding Light from 1970-1996 which would have included casting most of the iconic characters from the middle run of the show. During 1979-1983 she fulfilled the same function simultaneously on As the World Turns. She was inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame. She had also won the Soap Opera Digest Editors Award and the Casting Society of America’s Hoyt Bowers Award.

Joan Collins (Alexandra Spaulding #3) was interviewed about her role on Guiding Light in the November 4, 2002 issue of People. She said her biggest challenge was keeping “25 pages of dialogue in your head.” Cue cards weren’t allowed on set. “We rehearse five scenes and shoot them one after another. It’s like opening night at the theater.” – Find it full text in the Ebscohost Academic Search Complete.

The Harlem School of Arts provided a group of their students to be Michelle Bauer and Bill Lewis’ classmates appearing both at the prom and the graduation ceremony in 1997; among them: Letesha Hallet-Ridley, Wema Harris, Joanna Goodwin, and Tracy Johnson. A group photo was included in the July 5, 1997 issue of New York Amsterdam News. In 2012 none of those names are included in IMDB except Tracy Johnson which had too many with the same name to be sure if it was the same one.

I found an article in the 12/6/2007 issue of New York Amsterdam News that Vannessa Simmons, the oldest daughter of Rev. Run aka Joseph Simmons of Run-DMC) had gotten a role on Guiding Light. A little digging turned up her character was named Lola. I don’t know anything else about her.

Hanne Lynn Anderson‘s marriage was announced in April 3, 2011 issue of The New York Times. Anderson, now. Mrs. Jack Vaughn Jr., had won an Emmy for multiple camera editing as a video editor on Guiding Light in 2008.  As of 2011, she was a senior video editor at R/GA a digital advertising agency in New York. She has a few credits on IMDB.

Beth Chamberlain (Beth Raines Spaulding #2) gave a quote out during Guiding Light’s 70th Anniversary year. It appeared in the January 22, 2007 issue of Television Week. She talked about her experience meeting fans during her book tour for Loreli’s Diary. “Everywhere I went, there would be three, four generations of women there, and the great-grandmother had gotten the grandmother into the show, who got the mother into it. When I got back from that, I had a completely different perspective about being part of Guiding Light. I’m not just a part of a TV show, I’m part of mother-daughter tradition. It made me appreciate my job.”

Mark Schlereth, an ESPN analyst and former guard for both the Redskins and the Broncos, played detective Rock Hoover starting in 2007. Watch for him.

Mark Pinter (Mark, who had affairs with Amanda Spaulding and her biological mother Jennifer) and Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan on As the World Turns) are quoted in an article that discusses the real story behind their being married to other people and dumping them for each other. They married in 1987 and they divorced in 2010. Read more in March 20, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Beth Ehlers (Harley Cooper) and Mark Derwin (A.C. Mallet #1) discussed their relationship. Ehlers left her first husband for Derwin. They never married and even though they left  Guiding Light together and were in a couple of other projects together, they broke up before very long. Read more in March 20, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

After Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, the youngest Reardon daughter) left Guiding Light, she took over the role of  Blair on All My Children. She got involved with costar James DePaiva. They both divorced their then current spouses to be together in 1993. The DePaivas are still together. Read more in March 20, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest. DePaiva tweeted a photo of her and her husband and former One Life to Live costar Nathan Fillion.!/KassieDePaiva/status/198913373147119616/photo/1

James Lipton, best known for  hosting Inside the Actors Studio, played a doctor (still looking for a name) on Guiding Light. He wrote scripts and apparently became head writer at one point.

Jack Wood, a director of many soap operas including Guiding Light, died at age 82 as reported in the February 25, 2007 issue of the New York Times.

Cheryl Lynn Brown (Chrissy Blake Bauer, as a girl) was tracked down by People magazine for their March 14, 1994 issue. Brown was then a sophomore at Kean College in New Jersey. Then 20, Brown says “I got the part because I looked like the actress who played my mother.” Brown has no further entries in IMDB.

Donna Swajeski (Guiding Light writer) was interviewed in the August 1999 issue of Victoria magazine. “Everybody comes up to me when they find out I write for the soaps. Usually they want to know how I started and how I keep coming up with new ideas,” says Donna. Twice nominated for an Emmy, Donna is a member of the five-person writing team responsible for this immensely popular CBS Soap Opera. “We meet weekly to create an overall story, then each of us crafts a day.” Find the rest of the article in Victoria or in Ebscohost Academic Search Complete.

Scott Bailey (Sandy Foster, the fake Jonathan Randall) and his new bride Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore on The Bold and the Beautiful) have recently appeared on HGTV’s makeover show Design on a Dime. They redid their dining room as a 1920s speakeasy. Read more about it in the March 20, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall, one of Reva’s sudden sons) is currently on Broadway in an American production of a British hit, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It’s a play about Judy Garland‘s final months. See an article about it in the April 23, 2012 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The April 23, 2012 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth has photos from 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards. Signy Coleman (Annie Dutton #2/Terri DeMarco), Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer #5) Tonja Walker (Marie), Frank Dicopoulos (Frank Cooper), and Orlagh Cassidy (Doris Wolfe, DA).

The Feb. 28, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest did a round up of actors who were on soaps and moved on to primetime, including:

  • Bethany Joy Galeotti/Joie Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #4 of Manny fame) to One Tree Hill.
  • Matt Boomer (Ben Reade #3, who paired with Marina Cooper) moved on to Chuck and White Collar.
  • Taye Diggs (Sugar Hill, part of Marcus-Delhia-Drew storyline) moved on to Ally McBeal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice.
  • Michelle Forbes (Sonni/Solita Lewis, one of Josh’s crazy wives) moved on to Homicide: Life on the Street, 24, Battlestar Galactica, In Treatment, True Blood, and is currently on The Killing.
  • Melina Kanakaredes (Eleni Cooper #1, the one with spirit and sparkle) moved on to NYPD Blue, Providence, and CSI: New York.
  • Joe Lando (Macualley West – who did a summer storyline involving Mindy on his summer hiatus from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) moved on to The Secret Circle.
  • Hayden Panettiere (Lizzie Spaulding #2, the little girl who returned from Arizona, killed Carl Stevens, and fought cancer) moved on to Heroes.
  • Christina Pickles (Linell, a Springfield secretary from 1970-1972), moved on to St. Elsewhere and Friends.
  • Brittany Snow (Susan Daisy LeMay Cooper #2, who returned from Arizona) moved on to American Dreams and Harry’s Law.
  • Sherry Stringfield (Blake Thorpe Marler #4) moved on to NYPD Blue and ER.
  • Paul Wesley (Max Nickerson #2, Drew Jacob’s foster brother) moved on to American Dreams, Everwood, and Vampire Diaries.

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Guiding Light Cast Round Up 45

March 11, 2012

This is the forty-fifth in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:

An 75th Anniversary Guiding Light timeline, including last cast photo and featuring Manny first wedding as only one of four listed was in the Jan. 31, 2012 issue Soap Opera Digest. “Light Bright” Soap Opera Digest 31 January 2012. pp. 66-69 It also includes a collection of Guiding Light weddings pp. 76-77.

@Guiding_Light: recently tweeted “Soap Classics confirmed told @Mark_Lopa that a #GL Christmas set will be released in September or October!”

@SoapOpera451 recently blogged about her role in putting together a tribute to the 30th anniversary of Daytime Emmys best actor and actress winners. Enjoy the many Guiding Light and her sister soaps stars in the clip.

Mary Stuart (Meta  Bauer #5, who returned in the late 1990s & was involved with many stories, including Manny, on the canvas at that time) was already a soap legend from her role on Search for Tomorrow and played Meta until she died. Her last appearance coming close to her actual death. We Love Soaps shared this classic article from 1962.

Tammy Blanchard (Drew Jacobs, Michelle’s best friend during early Manny storyline) will appear on TV in several different shows this March.

John Wesley Shipp (my beloved Kelly Nelson) is doing personal appearances this weekend (March 10-11, 2012) in Metropolis, IL. (Dang if I’d realized that a little sooner I could have gone!)

A speech by Claire Labine (Guiding Light head writer) is summarized.

Several former Springfielders showed up at the Indie Soap Awards. See their photos at the link below:

Liz Keifer (Blake Thorpe Marler #5)  and Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler) were pictured in the Jan. 28, 1997 issue of Soap Opera Digest. verDorn shared “At our wedding (Ed. note – the first Bloss wedding), Liz was very sick. I spent the day bringing her water and food and making sure she took her aspirin.” p. 28

Ashley Peldon (Marah Lewis #2) was interviewed by Soaps451 in 2009.

Joe Lando (Macualley West – who did a summer storyline involving Mindy on his summer hiatus from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)has been added to the series The Secret Circle.

Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon) and Roger Howarth (who played Jory Andros on GL in 1992) have brought their One Life to Live roles to General Hospital. Howarth (who played Jory Andros on GL in 1992, nope still haven’t figured out who he was, but just glad I can include him in the update) is now on contract with General Hospital. He’ll be back “by May sweeps.”

Hayden Panettiere (Lizzie Spaulding #2, the little girl who came back from Arizona and had cancer) has been cast in the primetime pilot, Nashville.

Terrell Anthony‘s (Reva and Roxie’s brother, Rusty Shayne) last credit is “Uncle John” in Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure in 2010 via @Guiding_Light.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5) just released a new single. Here’s “That’s What Angels Do” Sneak Peek.
performing ‘That’s What at Angels Do’ at the #crs2012 lunch. Coming to a radio station near you soon!!!/Team_LBB/status/172398331522330624/photo/1
will host a party leading up to the Country Music Awards.

Lauren C. Mayhew (Marah Lewis #4 – in her most memorable storyline she partnered with Brittany Snow‘s Susan as they tried to rescue the rest of the kids from Holly, Sound of Music style) recently tweeted “SKULL rock! Hiking with my buddy David! We r inside the skull! #Palisades”!/LCMayhew/status/173489672016769025/photo/1
She also sent some photos of her at a pool party.!/LCMayhew/status/176481380367220736/photo/1!/LCMayhew/status/176471161671135232/photo/1

Arthur Peterson (who played Rev Ruthledge for 10 years) was part of the 1987 50th Anniversary of Guiding Light, was a guest at the Lincoln Center black tie gala and watched episode 10, 201 be filmed according to The New York Times.

Brian Gaskill (Dylan Lewis #2 – the painful recast to try to fit a name actor from another soap into the cast) has released a spoken word album of poetry.

Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis) reported in the Jan. 28, 1997 issue of Soap Opera Digest that she attended Forest Hills Central in Ada, Michigan and she routinely returns for her class reunions.

Paul Rauch (former EP of GL) is described unflatteringly (though the general buzz is accurately) by Ellen Holly, original cast member of All My Children, after he took over AMC in 1984.

@scottustownhall recently tweeted “EJ Bonilla (Rafe Rivera) stars in “Musical Chairs” Mar 23.See trailer at”

Daytime Confidential put together a list of 22 Oscar winners who were on a soap opera including these from Guiding Light: James Earl Jones (Dr. Jim Frazier), Mira Sorvino (temporary recast for A.C. Mallet’s little sister, Julie), Sandy Dennis (Alice Holden, Dennis debuted in the role in 1956), and Ed Begley (busy character actor and father of Ed Begley, Jr., he was an original cast member for the TV version of the show in 1952 as Rev. Dr. Paul Keeler #1).,0

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Guiding Light Cast Round Up 28

January 31, 2011

This is the twenty-eighth in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now.

Bethany Joy Lenz Galeotti (Michelle Bauer Santos #4) recently posted her disgust at the lack of class society has been showing lately.

Galeotti also shared that “When I was homeschooled in 8th grade I used to read these at the library instead of doing my work.”

Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler) was named Michael Fairman’s Performer of the Week.
verDorn also discussed in the Jan. 11, 2011 issue of Soap Opera Digest working once again with John Wesley Shipp (Kelly Morgan – my beloved Kelly of Kelly and Morgan), this time on One Life to Live.

The Bloss Bowling event aka 8th Annual Daytime Stars and Strikes event is planned for Sunday October 9, 2011 from 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM at Bowlmor Lanes.

Ellen Dolan (Maureen Reardon Bauer #1) was recently in The WorkShop Theater’s production of the The Necessary Disposal in New York City. She played Ruth Middleton. She’s pictured with the cast in the Jan. 17, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

@TinaCharlesTV reports “I saw Robert Newman (Josh Lewis)’s name in a press release for the February 8th episode of #NCIS.”

Vincent Irizarry (Lujack/Nick McHenry) is having a meet and greet at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant, NJ at noon on Feb. 6th, 2011. Tickets are $43.

Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer) did a moving photo shot showing off holiday spirit in New York City in the Jan. 11, 2011 issue of Soap Opera Digest. She also was interviewed by Soapgeist (Part 1) and (Part 2).

FrankDicopoulos (Frank Cooper)recently tweeted “I have two reality shows running right now on cable, one called “Earth treasures” and “Culinary Workshop”. I have two more in development right now! Both involving Teja!” Learn more here:
Dicopoulos is trying for a tryout as cohost to replace Regis on Live. Support his effort with an e-mail to Gelman at and say why you think he would be a great co-host with Kelly Ripa!

Stephanie Gatschet (Tammy Layne Winslow) is an advocate for raising money for lung cancer. She recently tweeted this announcement. Gatschet‘s character is now pregnant on her new soap All My Children.  She tweeted “Started wearing a faux baby bump at work… it’s this crazy contraption involving spanx and a pillow. Verrry interesting.”

Laura Wright (Cassie Layne Winslow #1) was featured with a one-page write up in a roundup about soap entrepreneurs in the Jan. 11,2011 issue of Soap Opera Digest for her work with Standing Sun Wines.

Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3) is making a public appearance in Boston on May 15, 2011. More details at:

Marj Dusay (Alexandra Spaulding #2) was quoted in the classics quote section of the Soap Opera Digest issue from Jan. 11, 2011 in a quote that originally appeared in the issue from March 1, 1994 “I’ve learned to be a pretty healthy loner. No one’s pressuring me to get married; in fact, [my friends and family] are terrified that I might.” Find other classic quotes in Soap Opera Digest.

Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitoro) shared a photo of his baby & mother on Rachel Ray. They were on the Feb. 2, 2011 episode.

Joe Lando (Macualley West – who did a summer storyline involving Mindy on his summer hiatus from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) reunited with Jane Seymour his Dr. Quinn costar on the Hallmark Channel movie Perfectly Prudence.  It debuted on the Hallmark Channel earlier this month, but I’m sure it will be on again. See more about it including teaser footage:

Michelle Ray Smith (Ava Peralta) tweeted a 6 month anniversary photo of herself with her boyfriend.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5) has been cast as a major supporting character on a as yet unnamed TV Land pilot.
Bundy also performed at the Grand Ole Opry on 1/29/11.

Watch Scott Bailey (Sandy Foster – who impersonated Jonathan Randall) on this Funny or Die video where they do a take off of the Twilight movies with elves instead of vampires. (Sadly though I must admit if the choice is Funny or Die – I’m going with Die.)

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